2. People can change. Jean Valjean is prosecuted by Javert, a police inspector who keeps trying to capture him to turn him in to the authorities for a past crime (stealing some bread to feed his poor sister’s child). Javert doesn’t believe people can change and several times throughout the story, Valjean holds Javert’s life in his hands, but every single time he forgives him and lets him go, despite knowing that he will continue to prosecute him incessantly. Javert finally sees that Jean has changed and gives up the chase. Yes, people can change if given a chance.